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And Then There Were Two – Colts Take the AFC Championship

While certainly a tough game for Patriot fans, the AFC Championship was a great overall football game.  The Patriots dominated in the first half, giving Pats fans all too much hope for victory.  The Colts dominated (even more) in the second half, though, overcoming a big deficit to take their rightful place in the big game in Miami.

The difference ended up being home field advantage – a small point spread with the visitors having to travel two weeks back-to-back.  As a fan, I want desperately to find the one key to the loss.  In the end, though, there really wasn’t one (well, if Reche Caldwell had just caught the ball thrown right into his arms . . . ).  I used to believe that the Pats were the best team after the half.  Bill Belichick had the secret decoder ring of first half action and, as a result, the Pats always played better than their opponents in the second half.  For whatever reason, this is not true any more.  Tony Dungy decoded the Pats, changed the game plan and won the game. 

I’m disappointed (well, maybe that’s an understatement, I hardly slept last night) for sure, and while I’d rather being seeing Tom Brady leading his team in Miami, it’ll still be good to see Payton Manning in his first Super Bowl.  He’s a great quarterback and certainly deserves to play in the big game.

Thanks for a great season, Patriots.  I had a blast.

6 Comments

  1. Though it’s was an amazing comeback of the Colts from 21:3 it’s not the first time in the season. On week 6 one team did win the game after loosing it at the beginning of the 4th quoter 3:23. Remeber who was it? Chicago! Against Arizona. The two superbowl teams have shown a great character and will-power during the season. It’s gonna be a strong final game!

  2. Though it’s was an amazing comeback of the Colts from 21:3 it’s not the first time in the season. On week 6 one team did win the game after loosing it at the beginning of the 4th quoter 3:23. Remeber who was it? Chicago! Against Arizona.

    The two superbowl teams have shown a great character and will-power during the season. It’s gonna be a strong final game!

  3. Great points, Roman.  Of course, coming back against Arizona isn’t quite the same as coming back against the Patriots 😉 I think the Super Bowl will be a great game, too.

  4. Great points, Roman.  Of course, coming back against Arizona isn’t quite the same as coming back against the Patriots 😉

    I think the Super Bowl will be a great game, too.

  5. It seems like whenever the Super Bowl LOOKS LIKE it’s going to be a great game, it’s a boring blowout.  I’m going skiing…

  6. It seems like whenever the Super Bowl LOOKS LIKE it’s going to be a great game, it’s a boring blowout.  I’m going skiing…

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